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The author has lived ten years in the Four-Corner's area practicing Emergency and Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1995; completed a Family Medicine residency at Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1998; practiced Emergency Medicine for two years in Tallahassee, Florida; and then lived in Cortez, Colorado from 2001-2010. The author has worked at several Indian Reservations in the Southwest, and his proximity to the Navajo Nation has allowed him to make personal contacts and to do primary research on Native American Cultures. The novel represents three years of research and offers a contemporary view of Navajo culture.
He now lives in Albuqueruqe, New Mexico and is working on a sequel to Navajo Gold.
on April 24, 2011 :
I had been wondering what I was going to read since completing all of the Hillerman novels several months ago, when I was presented with the opportunity to read Navajo Gold. Marcus Higi has picked up where Mr. Hlllerman left us. A treasure hunt evolves into an exploration of the cultural and philosophical differences between the Navajos and the belagana. The setting, the characters, and the plot took me on an adventure full of surprises reminiscent of what I had come to expect with Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.
I am generally not a fan of contemporary fiction, but Higi was certainly able to hold my interest to the conclusion. Except for some minor editorial flaws, the book was well written. The work is definitely a pleasant surprise, and I would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys this genre.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)